Living With Neotibicen


Cicada in the genus Neotibicen

Indiana, August, and the dog day cicadas rule the airwaves. Their songs fill the night air and drown much of the street noise. DNA analysis* has recently been applied to the dog day cicadas in the genus Tibicen. Not surprisingly, the European species of Tibicen have marked differences from the North American species. The DNA evidence is clear and helps clarify some of the morphological, behavioral and singing characteristics within the group. Since the European species of Tibicen were named first, they keep the name. All North American species are now placed in the Genera “Hadoa” or “Neotibicen“, the neo referring to North America (New World). Hadoa species are primarily found in Western US and Mexico. Most of the Eastern North American species now belong to the Genus Neotibicen.

*KATHY B. R. HILL, DAVID C. MARSHALL, MAXWELL S. MOULDS & CHRIS SIMON. 2015. Molecular phylogenetics, diversification, and systematics of Tibicen Latreille 1825 and allied cicadas of the tribe Cryptotympanini, with three new genera and emphasis on species from the USA and Canada. Zootaxa 3985 (2): 219–251.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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